Between Decay and Preservation: A Personal Approach to Media Art Archiving

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  • Between Decay and Preservation: A Personal Approach to Media Art Archiving

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  • Abstract (long paper)

    Now that more than 40 years of electronic art history have passed, it is generally agreed that museums and art institutions are facing a serious problem in respect to the preservation of works of media art. A large number of historical media art works are currently disappearing due to the technical as well as organizational difficulties that their maintenance entails. While this might seem to be a problem that is only of concern for art historians and archiving specialists, artists and creative practitioners will also have to play a role in the development of practical solutions and innovative concepts to deal with the issue of decay and conservation.

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